Marques Brownlee is one of the YouTube personalities I subscribe to because he creates superb tech review videos. He usually reviews smartphones, watches and laptops but did something a bit different in that he reviewed a PC I hadn't heard of called the Maingear Shift.

"Featuring MAINGEAR VRTX (Vertical Exhaust) Cooling Technology, the SHIFT was the first system to employ a vertical, heat stack design to dissipate heat out the top of the chassis, not the back, harnessing the natural behavior of hot air to rise, and drawing in cool air from the bottom. This promotes cooler running temperatures under load, less work for the system fans which leads to quieter operation, and increases overclocking and performance potential."

The Maingear Shift is a luxury PC that seems to be aimed at the Alienware and other high price PCs. It sports a car paint finish and some very tidy case design, cable work and lighting. I also appreciate the positioning of the ports as well as the absolutely mammoth case. The mid brew base option Maingear PC is well over double what I paid for my current PC but when you factor in how much i've upgraded it the price is a bit closer.

Are you in the market for a new PC and if so, what are your thoughts on the Maingear shift? I bet this thing would play Terraria amazingly well.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/02/2015 at 06:34am

Looks pretty cool! I'm obviously not in the market since I bought mine within the last 2 years. While I do have a sweet GTX 690, GTAV made me think that maybe a Titan or two would be sweeter. For now, I'm sticking with my beast.

I've noticed that much of the top panel of my PC seems to be a bit of an air vent. That makes sense.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 07/02/2015 at 06:46am

On second look, that Corsair and those two GTX GPUs look sweet!

hardeyez wrote on 07/02/2015 at 10:52pm

There are also cheap rosewill cases that vent up... I have three in my house now (one for me and for each of the kids).

hardeyez wrote on 07/02/2015 at 10:55pm

argh, accidentally posted before I was done :) That rosewill case vents up, however the pci cards still lay horizontal in the case with the connectors in the back... But in the winter it's nice to set my feet on the top for extra warmth :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/04/2015 at 04:25pm

That Rosewill case isn't bad. With that, The Maingear Shift isn't like anything i've seen you can buy.

Oh hey, hardeyez, about how much did you spend putting those PCs together and what were the specs? Looking at replacing mine in the next couple and curious what people have put together and how well it turned out.

hardeyez wrote on 07/12/2015 at 07:24am

I built the "budget gaming pc build" that was here I built one for myself but put more RAM in it, and a couple months later built ones for my kids using the updated version (basically much better graphics card for cheaper). They update those builds regularly and have worked well for me... and you can easily tweak to taste but I like having some of the research worked out for me... Just one heads up, I used that gigabyte mobo and had to tweak setting to get it to play nice with linux... Worked flawlessly with windows. So I was surprised that linux ended up being more work (usually it's the other way around, linux recognizes everything). I can't quite remember the issue, but it was just tweaking some bios settings, so I can always dump them out here to see what it was :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 07/12/2015 at 08:34pm

That's a nice build. I think when I get a new PC that i'll build it myself. It's a ton cheaper and anymore, i'd rather something a bit faster for my buck.

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